My first one is kind of painful, but it does have a small frugal part. And after that, it’s nice smooth frugal sailing.
Let’s get this first one over with!
1. I did my taxes.
I used a copy of TurboTax that I bought at Costco (oddly, way cheaper than buying TurboTax on the TurboTax site).
This was frugal on the tax prep side, but it was a painful job.
The good news is that I earned more last year than I thought I would.
The bad news is that the estimated taxes I paid in 2019 did not nearly cover my tax bill. Oy.
But I have new, painfully high estimated tax payments to make this coming year, so next year things will be less painful at tax time.
(Yay? I think?)
And I am trying to remember that more income is a good thing, even if it does mean more taxes.
Taxes do not eat up 100% of the extra income!
2. I planted my purple hyacinth beans.
I had the seeds saved from last year, so I planted them around my mailbox and my front step railings.
Last year, I forgot until really late, and my plants never did get very big. So, this year is going to be better!
And hopefully, they’ll look more like this:
3. I fixed a pair of joggers.
They had three small holes in them, in the usual spots: waistband and the top of the pockets.
So, I found an old yoga pant leg:
and then I cut it into small pieces, and used them to make inside patches for all three holes.
Basically, I pin the extra fabric around the hole, sew it in place, and trim the excess.
It looks like this from the outside; fairly invisible, especially from a distance.
4. I mended a cloth shopping bag.
Reusable bags are less environmentally friendly if you throw them away instead of repairing them.
And luckily, the ones that are made of actual cloth (vs that plastic “cloth” with holes in it) are pretty repairable.
This cotton one somehow got a pretty big rip by the handle.
And it had a slightly shredded part on the body of the bag.
I found an old khaki pant leg in my rag bag:
and I used that fabric to fix the rip by the handle.
And I did the same for the frayed body part of the bag.
5. I got an eBay refund.
I ordered a theory book for one of my girls, and it arrived seriously bent.
Since the book had looked pristine in the listing, I messaged the seller to ask about it. They said it was probably the post office’s fault, but they gave me an instant refund anyway.
I feel kinda bad about it, since it wasn’t the seller’s fault. But I do appreciate their commitment to customer satisfaction, and I gave them a glowing rating on eBay.